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2017 - 'ANZAC Day Tour 2017 - The Colonel Tour'
15 - Day itinerary

Day 1
Friday 21st April

Welcome to Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet your guide and the rest of your group.

Overnight Istanbul
Day 2
Saturday 22nd April

Istanbul Old City

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Late in the afternoon we will drive to Harbiye Military Museum for a short visit.

Overnight Istanbul
Day 3
Sunday 23rd April

Gallipoli Battlefields

Depart for the Gallipoli Peninsula early morning and tour the place where the ANZAC legend was born. Highlights will include the original trenches and tunnels, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston's Jolly and The Nek. Afterwards we take a short ferry ride across the Dardanelles on the way to our hotel.

Overnight Çanakkale
4 star
(B, D)
Day 4
Monday 24th April


Today, we visit the archaeological ruins of Troy and we will enjoy a BBQ lunch. As soon as we are able we will cross the Dardanelles to the Gallipoli Peninsula and head straight to the Dawn Service area to secure the best spot possible.

(B, L)
Day 5
Tuesday 25th April

ANZAC Day at Gallipoli

At first light we will commemorate our fallen forefathers during the moving ANZAC Day Dawn Service. You will also have the chance to visit the Australian Memorial at Lone Pine before heading to Chunuk Bair Memorial to attend the New Zealand Memorial Service before we head to our hotel for some well-deserved rest. Unfortunately the Australian service at the Lone Pine memorial has been cancelled.

Overnight Çanakkale
4 star
Day 6
Wednesday 26th April


Today we head south to the resort town of Kusadasi, on the way we enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent acropolis of the ancient city of Pergamum.

Overnight Kuşadası
(B, D)
Day 7
Thursday 27th April

Ephesus, Sirince

Absorb yourself in history today with a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis and a guided tour of the ancient city and stadium of Ephesus, before an afternoon visit to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at a local carpet village we learn how carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

Overnight Kuşadası
(B, D)
Day 8
Friday 28th April

Pamukkale, Hierapolis

This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before we drive east to the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castles). Here we will also visit the ruins of the city of Hierapolis, an ancient spa town just above the calcium terraces.

Overnight Pamukkale
5 star
(B, D)
Day 9
Saturday 29th April

Saklikent Gorge, Fethiye

Heading south to the Mediterranean coast, we stop at the breath-taking Saklikent Gorge, Turkey's longest and deepest gorge. Here you can tube down the river and explore the awesome canyon.

Overnight Fethiye
Day 10
Sunday 30th April

Fethiye boat cruise

Today we relax on a leisurely boat cruise around the picturesque 12 islands of Fethiye.

Overnight Fethiye
(B, L)
Day 11
Monday 1st May

Termessos, Antalya

After breakfast we head for Antalya, stopping along the way to visit the ancient Lycian city of Termessos which was built at a height of 1050 metres in the beautiful Taurus Mountain range.

Overnight Antalya
4 star
Day 12
Tuesday 2nd May

Silk Road, Konya, Cappadocia

Leaving the Mediterranean coast we follow the old Silk Road, heading for the lunar-like landscape of Cappadocia. We stop along the way to visit the Mevlana Dervish Museum in Konya and the Sultanhani Caravansary, a former stop for traders on the Silk Road.

Overnight Cappadocia
5 star
(B, D)
Day 13
Wednesday 3rd May

Goreme, Uchisar Castle

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle and more. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folkdance evening!

Overnight Cappadocia
5 star
(B, D)
Day 14
Thursday 4th May

Nation's Capital Ankara

Leaving the surreal landscape of Cappadocia behind, we head for the nation's capital, Ankara to visit the Mausoleum of Turkey's first President, Ataturk, before continuing on to Istanbul.

Overnight Istanbul
Day 15
Friday 5th May


After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends.

(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Istanbul
    Atatürk Airport (IST)
    Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Outbound Transfer - Istanbul
    Atatürk Airport (IST)
    Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Car ferry fees between Canakkale and Eceabat
  • Commemorative gift
  • Fethiye 12 Island Cruise
  • Tips except driver and guide
  • Entrance fees
  • 13 nights - accommodation.
    2 nights
    2 nights
    4 star
    2 nights
    1 night
    5 star
    2 nights
    1 night
    4 star
    2 nights
    5 star
    1 night
  • 13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Tour does not include :-
Highlights :-
  • Istanbul - Old City - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul - St Sophia Museum
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace
  • Istanbul - Hippodrome
  • Istanbul - Harbiye Military Museum
  • Gallipoli Battlefields Tour
  • Gallipoli - ANZAC Cove
  • Gallipoli - Lone Pine - Australian Memorial
  • Gallipoli - Johnson's Jolly - original tunnels
  • Gallipoli - The Nek - original trenches
  • Gallipoli - Chunuk Bair - New Zealand Memorial
  • Troy - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Gallipoli - ANZAC Day program - Dawn Service and ANZAC Memorial Services
  • Pergamum - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Site of the Temple of Artemis
  • Ephesus - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Sirince - Village
  • Pamukkale - Calcium Travertines - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis
  • Saklikent Gorge
  • Fethiye - Fethiye Bay and islands
  • Termessos - Termessos Tour
  • Konya - Mevlana Museum
  • Sultanhani Caravansary
  • Cappadocia
  • Göreme Open Air museum
  • Cappadocia - Üçhisar - Citadel
  • Ankara - Atatürk's Mausoleum
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This page is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. We update the website immediately if and when any changes take place. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.

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Please Note:
1. Attendance passes will be required for the ANZAC Day services at Gallipoli in 2017.
For more information please visit this page
2. For information on how ANZAC day is run visit our ANZAC Day Information page.
3. Instead of travelling between Cappadocia and Istanbul by bus, an optional morning flight from Kayseri (Cappadocia) to Istanbul is available at extra cost. Please contact with us for a quote.
4. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
This tour is a '
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